Can money make you happy?
A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.
What does happiness mean to you?
Aristotle said- “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
So what is the dictionary meaning of happiness?
Well, there is an array of meanings listed in the dictionary. Some of them are contentment, pleasure, satisfaction, cheerfulness, cheeriness, merriment, happiness, joy, jollity, jolliness, glee, blitheness, gladness, delight, good spirits, high spirits, light- heartedness, good cheer, well-being, enjoyment, felicity, etc. We all have been using some or the other word to express our happiness.
However, the top searches for the meaning return four words: Emotions, Measure, Pain and Ecstasy.
So, how can you become happy?
Do you need unlimited resources to feel enriched with happiness?
There is one thing that most of us run behind, which we feel can give us supreme happiness. And that is Excellence. We think that if we can become an expert in everything we do, it can open the doors to unlimited resources and hence limitless happiness. Aristotle said: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Let’s find out what makes you most happy
Write down the top five things that bring you happiness:
Now I would request you to introspect and analyse if these things give you happiness. Many people think that buying a bigger house or a sedan car can provide them with happiness. For the entire life, they work in the shoes of a donkey to fulfil such dreams. Moreover, when they buy, for instance, a bigger house, happiness is short-lived. It all of a sudden vanishes, when they notice their colleague purchasing a house that has an extra room. Isn’t this how fickle happiness is to us most of the time?
Aristotle believed that happiness could be acquired by understanding the precise function of a thing so one can understand its essence.
The Purpose of Life Is Not Happiness: It’s Usefulness. For a long time, I believed that there is only one purpose in life, and that is to be happy. If you look around, most people are pursuing happiness in their lives. Some are running after happiness like a wild goose chase.
Your journey of life is an experience. These are the experiences that are full of learnings, and these are your real treasures. These are the treasure of love, affection, joy and happiness.
Make a list of the top ten things that have brought you extreme joy and happiness in your life till now:
Now look back! These ten experiences are the sum of your feelings about your definition of happiness.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Albert Schweitzer
Furthermore, while trying to share with you the actual definition of pleasure, I would like to share this quote, which has a deep meaning. Pleasure is not a luxury! But a profound psychological need.- said Nathaniel Branden. So, wealth is the price of success!
Question: What meaning you give to what pleases you, is the true statement of, how Money can make you Happy.
So, the currency of happiness is not Rupees or Dollars! The ultimate currency is not money!
Question: Money can perhaps bring you fame, but that is subordinate to happiness! You should be able to convert that money into something which brings you happiness. Wealth and happiness may not have a direct correlation! Psychologists have confirmed that it is only 20% of Iq and 80% of Eq that is responsible for your happiness and success. So Iq has not much to do to help you in succeeding. However, how emotionally strong you are, is what drives the H-factor in your life.
So, happiness is not a luxury!
Let us understand happiness more deeply:
Question 1: What gives me meaning? In other words, what provides me with a sense of purpose?
Question 2: What gives me pleasure? In other words, what do I enjoy doing?
Question 3: What are my strengths? In other words, what am I good at?
Credits: Book: “Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfilment” by Tal Ben-Shahar
The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness; no one wants to suffer. And happiness mainly comes from our attitude, rather than from external factors. If your mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy. Dalai Lama
Cherish your experiences, no matter how hostile or spine- tingling they are.
Make peace with your experiences and happiness will be the by-product.
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Taressh Bhatia is a CFPCM CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER CM and is the founder/partner of Advantage Financial Planner LLP – A firm Registered with SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) as RIA (Registered Investment Advisor).
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